A debate has been raging regarding the prospects of resettling the Rohingyas in India. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been at the forefront of the faction demanding that Rohingyas be resettled in West Bengal while Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has supported the settlement of Rohingyas in winter capital Jammu. Many people have cited various reasons against the planned resettlement of Rohingyas in India. The cultural differences with the Indian population, the possibility of shift in demographics of the area, combined with their strong extremist Islamic identity have led people to protest against the proposed resettlement. The ‘liberal’ and ‘secular’ media, which has cherished the difficulties being faced by the Rohingya population as an opportunity to criticize the central government for inaction in this regard, now have another reason to feel dejected. According to a report published by Amnesty International on Wednesday, Rohingya militants are guilty of the massacre of Hindus in the Rakhine province of Myanmar in August 25, 2017.
According to the Amnesty report, Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), the force which is praised as the resistance wing of the Rohingyas, had carried out a planned massacre on Hindu villages, killing 99 Hindu men, women and children. This is about the same time period when the Myanmar military had started a crackdown on the ARSA. The crackdown by the Myanmar military on Rohingya villages had heightened the crisis of Rohingyas leading to a mass exodus of the Muslim population from the Rakhine province. The move by the Myanmar military had been widely criticized at that time by the world media. Indian media too had condemned the acts of the Myanmar military, but just like their western and Islamic brethren, they had failed to assess the atrocities committed by Rohingyas on their neighbours in Myanmar. The massacres of Hindu and Buddhist villages in the Rakhine province at the hands of the Rohingya militia has often been sidelined and even denied by the ‘liberal’ world and Indian media. The bias with regard to the narrative was so strong that even Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was widely criticised for her relative silence on the issue.
The atrocities committed by Rohingyas on their neighbours in Myanmar which led to Myanmar’s clampdown on their activities had never been questioned in the past. The report published by Amnesty International will lead to more such revelations in the coming days which will unmask the true face of terror behind the ‘victim’ Rohingya population. It should be kept in mind that the reports published by Amnesty are related to the events of just one month i.e. August 2017. There have been multiple accusations levied on ARSA and other factions from the Rohingya population for carrying out planned killings of the minorities in their region of dominance. The horrors unleashed on women were akin to the horrors being faced by hostages taken by ISIS in Syria. Some Hindu women and their children lived to tell the tale because they agreed to ‘convert’ and marry the ARSA fighters who would choose from amongst the hostages. The men and teenage children were killed as they belonged to a different religion and had no right to live on Rohingyan lands as claimed by the ARSA executioners. The Hindu women were forced to convert to ‘Islam’ and marry the fighters moments after their children and husbands along with other male members of the family were murdered, often within their sight.
The stories recounted by the survivors of the massacre are enough to send shivers down the spine of any individual. The allegations of extremism and massacre levied on the Rohingya population are now being backed by hard facts. This is but one tale of a handful of survivors who have escaped from the clutches of the Islamic Rohingya terrorists. These stories need to be accounted for if we want to understand the reasons behind why the Myanmar military had to fight against the Rohingyas. It is further important for India and Indians to be aware of the danger posed by a potential Rohingya resettlement here in India. The central as well as state governments should take this report into consideration before it decides its stance on the Rohingya issue. The murderers of Hindu and Buddhists should not be allowed to settle on Indian soil at any cost. India simply cannot afford another import of radical Islamic extremists in our country who might blend in and cause further problems for the security of civilians as well as the state.